At Issue: Sex Offender Release Under Scrutiny, Interview with Betsy Hodges

Updated: 11/19/2013 11:27 AM By: Heidi Enninga

In this week's edition of At Issue, host Tom Hauser takes an in-depth look at the local political issues that affect you.

Governor Dayton ordered an end to all releases from the state’s sex offender treatment one week after he said he supported limited conditional releases. Dayton said the state couldn’t function amidst the political grandstanding on the issue. He’s proposing the legislature make a decision about the program’s release logistics.

The state department of transportation and Governor Dayton announced $300 million for 10 new highway projects around the state including one that would add lanes to Interstate-94 from Rogers to St. Michael. Governor Dayton said it is a step in the right direction, but only 10 percent of necessary highway projects are being funded now. The projects were chosen from more than 400 proposals.

The state auditor is calling for state lawmakers to review a report on more than 30 county programs that allow ticketed drives to take a class rather than pay a penalty and have the offense on their record. The auditor said state law does not authorize the programs, but one county sheriff said the programs are a big hit with drivers.

The Minneapolis City council voted unanimously last week to approve plans for a $97 million Target Center renovation under the agreement that the city and taxpayers will pay $48.5 million.

The Timberwolves, Lynx and AEG Corporation will pay the other half of the cost of the project that is projected to bring 850 new jobs to downtown. Construction is set to begin in the spring.

In Political Analysis, Sarah Janecek, a Republican Strategist, and Ember Reichgott Junge, a former DFL state senator, joined host Tom Hauser for a discussion about Governor Dayton’s opinion reversal on the conditional release of sex offenders in the state.

Minneapolis Mayor-elect Betsy Hodges joined Tom Hauser in the studio to take a look at some of the major issues she’ll face as the incoming mayor.

In Face Off, Matt Entenza, former DFL House Minority Leader, and Andy Brehm, Sen. Coleman’s former press secretary, gave their analysis of this week’s developments surrounding the Affordable Care Act.